Squared Online- a digital journey

Last night was my first Squared Online course. Squared Online is Google’s Digital Marketing course and I will be embarking on this virtual learning journey over the next six months.

These are my thoughts so far:

1. The classes are all conducted online, every Thursday night from 7 – 8pm. This is a challenge for me as I much prefer face-to-face. I found (when it was enabled), the reams of messages from fellow Squares rather distracting. Looking at them too much made me feel slightly sea sick. On the plus side, I was in my pajamas and sipping a cider – not something you can do in a face-to-face class…(at least I don’t think you can).

2. From module 2 (or maybe it’s 3…I forget) we will be put into groups ranging from 5 to 8 people and assessed as a group. Again, this is challenging for me. I’m not a perfectionist but I feel slightly uneasy about having to rely on people I don’t know to pull their weight and make as much out of the course as I plan to do.

3. I need to get over the unease of virtual classes and group work and just get on with it.

Things I’m looking forward to are:

1. Making the most of this opportunity and learning as much as I possibly can, then putting it into practice.

2. Meeting new people from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures, with different levels of experience and hopefully having lots of interesting discussions (note: discussions, not arguments).

3. Challenging myself.

4. Sharing what I’ve learnt.

I’ll be posting about my journey along the way so check back for regular updates.

Oh, and if you’re also taking part: I’m in the green group. If you are too and you’re on Twitter, let me know and I’ll add you to my list.

2 thoughts on “Squared Online- a digital journey

  1. I can totally relate to your qualms regarding the online learning environment. I’ve taken modules online for my CIM diploma, but always comforted in the knowledge that they’re not reliant on any group work. I did take a MOOC course last year that had a group work component; however, I have to say that my increased comfort level mirrored the fact that I was more experienced at working with remote teams that I had never met before in my line of work.

    • Hi Rochelle, yes I’m hoping too that my freelance Google Hangout/Skype experience will be useful in the group work. More concerned really about members in the group not pulling their weight and the rest of us having to step up to get the assignment done…I know someone who has done the course and this happened to them.

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